Indigo Bunting

Oh look at you!

You’re such a pretty bird!


©Virginia Spencer,, 2017


April Showers Bring..

Much smorgasborgery.

Starting with some watercolor cherries from a Challenge on WetCanvas (in the miniature forum, thanks Lil, for the photo).

On this, I used only Alizarin crimson, ultramarine and yellow cadmium light.

Keeping it simple.

This dragon was also for a WetCanvas Challenge (in the Sci-fi/fantasy forum, the theme was wings). It doesn’t have any limbs as I am a bit of a defeetist.


*cough cough*

Ahem, pardon me.

This was done from a scanned sketch I did then I added the colors with a photo program. That’s about all digitally, that I know how to do.


My original sketch of the defeeted dragon.

Next up was this oddity. She’s a masthead that has escaped from her ship.

Metallic watercolors.


I’m still working on the linocutting. Having a great time of it.

I decided to make rampants for us. I was going to go traditional but then I thought why use a lion rampant or a unicorn rampant when you can use a Westie Rampant and a Labrador Retriever Rampant.

I intentionally left the rough bits in on this. I liked the look of them.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, everything is growing.

I love Spring!


©Virginia Spencer,, 2017








Happy Birthday, Dog!

Sampson is ten years old today!

Here are some of my favorite photos of him.

Just woken up Sammy

sampson-westie-dog-artSassy Sammy.

sammy-westie-dog-artSuspicious Sammy

IMG_5315You hurt my feelings Sammy.

Sambath©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012Look at my paw Sammy.

Sampsonpawup©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012Defiantly muddy Sammy

mudzilla3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013Leaping Sammy

sammy5©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014Groucho Marx Sammy

westie_dog_eyebrowsAw Shucks Sammy

sammygrin©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012In the wind Sammy

westie-wind-photographyAnd of course…

Purple Sammy!

Purpledog©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012.


©Virginia Spencer,, 2017



A Perambulating Possum

A pretty possum

Perambulating past.


Leaving radishes

On my window sash!

possum-radish-paws-small.Perhaps she lives

in a purple house

possum-house-ink-drawingWith other possums

and a little mouse.

They could drink tea

and dance in delight

mouse possum watercolor art paintingAnd when they are tired

They’ll say goodnight!

watercolor by Virginia Spencer.


©Virginia Spencer,, 2017


The Mantis

The zinnias are still lovely at this time of year.


The praying mantis, she finds them quite dear


Such big yellow eyes!


So many butterflies..


They’d better scurry.


For the frost is near.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2016

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Elephants and Pumpkins

And no,  this is not a political post.

Fall with it’s dramatic skies and dancing leaves is here with a vengeance. I really need to do some catching up on the blog.

This painting is a two inch square in acrylic and will most likely be bigger on your screen then in real life.


This ink is more than double the size at 5×5 inches. This was part of a monthly miniature challenge on WetCanvas. WetCanvas has a huge reference image library,  it’s a fantastic resource. Thanks to the member that added the photo I used as a reference for this.

In the original photo the wall was brick and there were solar panels everywhere. I altered those which is always a good idea when you have discordant elements. You don’t have to paint or draw exactly what is in a photo or right in front of you. The pens are Microns.


This pumpkin in acrylic is from the same challenge. This quick study is 5×5 inches.


This is also from a photo reference from WetCanvas. This was a fun one, it was  a challenge to use restricted palettes.

This is the Zorn palette which is Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Ivory Black and Titanium White.

Anders Zorn(February 18, 1860 – August 22, 1920)  was a Swedish painter who generally painted people and figures. I’m not sure why he used such a restricted palette but after playing with it for awhile I can see the lure of the colors he used.

Fish on a plate, acrylic, 10×14 inches (not a mini!)


I found some interesting shadows on my walls.


And I fixed a staid apron by embroidering an elephant with a happy spoon on it.


Meanwhile back at the ranch..

Sampson had surgery and thoroughly enjoyed his meds.


Zeus also had surgery and was awfully affronted when I suggested that he was supposed to be sitting on the pillow on the floor not in my new chair.

They both recovered nicely.


My sunflowers grew over 12 feet tall.


We rescued these two birds.

This juvenile cedar waxwing was caught in a sudden heavy deluge of rain. he was fine after he dried off. Sorry about the fuzzy photo!


This red breasted nuthatch, I found upside down on the porch, I think he hit the window. He flew away fine after a drink and some warmth.


This came across our TV,  then we had three very small tornadoes..


And there’s a frog living in my birdhouse. He’s been there since early July.


And I’ve taken at least one hundred photos of him,


And he is smiling in every single one.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2016



Happy Giraffe Day!

blog giraffe drinking waterblog giraffe teeth drinkblog giraffe tall drink.

It was actually the 21st of June but really, isn’t every day a good giraffe day?



©Virginia Spencer,, 2016